A Holistic Approach To Health
Living With Infertility
I had a question the other day about infertility.
Infertility means not getting pregnant after a year of regular, unprotected sex.
The man, the woman, or both, may have a fertility problem.
Infertility doesn’t always mean you’re unable to have a child.
Up to 15% of all couples are infertile, but only 1%-2% are actually sterile.
Half of couples who seek help can eventually have a child, either on their own or with medical help.
In about 20% of infertile couples, both partners have fertility problems, and in about 15% of couples, no cause is found.
For many couples, infertility is a crisis.
Fertility problems often come with feelings of guilt or inadequacy.
In men, the most common reasons for infertility are problems with sperm, including:
>Low sperm count (too few or no sperm in the semen).
>Low sperm motility (sperm don’t move as well as they should).
>Malformation of the sperm.
>Blocked sperm ducts.
Another common problem is a temporary drop in sperm production.
This happens when the testicles have been injured, when they’ve been too hot for too long, or the man has been exposed to chemicals or drugs that affect sperm production.
Drinking alcohol and smoking can lower sperm count.
And men 40 and older have lower fertility.
The main reason for infertility in women is not ovulating, which means not releasing eggs from the ovary.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the main cause of not ovulating.
Problems with the fallopian tubes, which carry eggs from the ovary to the uterus, are a common cause of female infertility.
Sometimes the tubes are blocked by scar tissue from an infection or endometriosis.
If an egg does make its way through the fallopian tubes, many things can stop it from implanting in the uterus.
And cervical mucus can damage sperm or slow their progress.
Age can be a problem, too.
In women, fertility drops with age, and even more so after the age of 35.
Getting pregnant after age 45 is rare.
Being overweight or underweight can also play a role.
To deal with infertility it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies; consider fresh juicing.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider herbs, acupuncture, energy medicine techniques, hydrotherapy, etc.
*Address any emotional issues.
*Have a chiropractic assessment.
*Eliminate toxic exposures, both food and environment.
*Eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Eliminate sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Avoid dairy products.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Maintain a healthy weight; underweight can cause issues as can overweight.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*If you follow a vegetarian lifestyle or low caloric intake, it is essential to ensure proper intake of protein, B vitamins and essential fats.
*Consider a hair analysis to check for heavy metal toxicity.
*Avoid hot tubs and saunas.
*Consider energy medicine techniques.
*Review my post on estrogen dominance http://bit.ly/1cyPuqb.
*Review my post on candida http://bit.ly/1d2LLmc.
*Check hormone levels.